HYDROCONTEST 2015: DESIGNING TOMORROW'S BOATS
The starting horn has sounded on the second HYDROCONTEST. The 16 international teams of future engineers are set to enter the final phase of this globally unique competition with boat prototypes they have spent months designing. Their flying, innovative, high-performance and ever more efficient boats have converged on the competition village at Pyramides de Vidy, Lausanne for the week-long event culminating on 19 July.
The teams from 16 major engineering schools hailing from all corners of the globe arrived in Switzerland last weekend to spend a week beside and on Lake Geneva taking part in HYDROCONTEST 2015. In their luggage? Small-scale boat prototypes they designed and constructed themselves in an attempt to imagine tomorrow's boats, which will need to transport greater volumes, for longer periods, while consuming as little energy as possible. The prototypes will be pitted against each other to determine which is the most efficient under real conditions.
During the two-day run-up to the competition set aside for technical inspections, the HYDROCONTEST panel of experts checked that each boat complied with the event's regulations. The teams are currently making the final adjustments necessary to obtain approval and ensure the boats are ready to enter the heats. The latter, which will take the form of time trials, will determine which eight teams will go through to the next rounds of the competition, leading up to the final and prize-giving ceremony on Sunday.
From tomorrow, visitors will be able to follow the races from the shore in the HYDROCONTEST village, which was built for the occasion on the Pyramides de Vidy site. When there are no races in progress, visitors will also have the opportunity to access the paddocks where the teams prepare their boats and to steer remote-controlled model hydrofoils in a dedicated pond. Additionally, they can tour an exhibition on the history of foils, the underwater wings that allow these boats to "fly". This year, for the first time, every day will be brought to a close with a "Tech Talk" in which the teams will present their projects. The village and all its pavilions are open to the public.
HYDROCONTEST AND THE HYDROS FOUNDATION
The event is by no means just a competition, but above all a globally unique platform for sharing expertise in the field of energy efficiency. HYDROCONTEST promotes awareness, discussion and synergies among the key players of today and tomorrow with the aim of finding a practical solution to the significant economic and environmental challenges facing the nautical and maritime industry. This aim underlies the very mission of the Hydros Foundation, which promotes the importance of technology and innovation in order to make more intelligent use of energy and is rooted in the profoundly human values shared by the patrons of HYDROCONTEST Claudie Haigneré (the first French woman astronaut, who is also a scientist and cabinet minister) and Roland Jourdain (a top sailor committed to environmental issues).